Episode 54: The Connected + Authentic Leader with Karen Hardwick

leadership Jul 27, 2022


We are hard wired for it biologically. Our bodies NEED it or we get sick + slowly die.

We are soft wired for it emotionally and spiritually. We’ve seen the mental health effects of isolation.

We crave to be seen, loved, appreciated, trusted and respected. 

We desire to be wanted and understood by others. 

It's IN us to love well and lead well.

It doesn’t matter if you are a CEO running a multimillion dollar company or a stay at home parent, we simply can not connect to anyone in honest, intimate and inspiring ways until we connect with ourselves authentically.

Connection heals our wounds, awakens our souls, and invites us into our most authentic, courageous, and integrated selves.

Today I am joined by Karen Hardwick,  psychotherapist turned leadership consultant with a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and author of “The Connected Leader” and we are talking about the Art of Connection + how to overcome the feelings of isolation and loneliness many of us experience “at the top” and inside our very own homes.

In this episode we unpack:

  • Why our work places are in tremendous Turmoil
  • The epidemic of Addiction to Numb Ourselves
  • Distorted ways we attempt to connect and the destructive cycles
  • Creating healthy boundaries while also holding others accountable
  • Recovering from the “Superhero”, rescuer complex
  • What can we do to Empower others and take the pressure off ourselves?


“We are not having a leadership crisis. I believe we are having a human being crisis and that the most impactful leaders are those who learn to lead from their own connected heart and soul.”

  •  Karen Hardwick


“There is NO outside Solution to an INSIDE Problem, 

So approach yourself with GRACE + Self Compassion + Honesty.”


I couldn't agree more with this statement.

It’s why I have shifted my entire lifes’ work over to supporting others in building deeper, more meaningful relationships with themselves, with God and with each other.


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